Paloma, senior mare, off Sunnyside Feedlot, January 2014----Shipping only.
Paloma was a lifelong brood mare for a paint breeder. She was never halter broke and has severely deformed front legs and ringbone (arthritis) in her fetlock joints of both front legs. Her deformities were never addressed by her breeder, and with the additional weight of pregnancy year after year for much of her 22 years, we assume she has been in chronic pain for most if not all of her life.
She arrived at the feedlot, directly sold to the kill buyer, with a weanling colt by her side. Her colt Vito was adopted out but Paloma was not given the chance for rescue until we discovered her in the shipping pen and a kind soul paid her bail. She came to us pregnant, unbeknownst to us when we rescued her off the lot, and foaled Phoenix in March 2014.
Paloma is in permanent sanctuary with us and is having corrective trimming on her hooves, regular veterinary care, and chiropractic work to help relieve her discomforts and pain.